The Japanese Naomi Osaka, No. 2 in the world, was sanctioned this Sunday with a $ 15,000 fine for not attending the press conference after having passed the first round of Roland Garros, whose organizers threatened to expel her from the tournament if she repeats that behavior.
“We have warned Osaka that if he continues to refuse his media obligations during the tournament he is exposed to other consequences linked to the code of conduct (…) even exclusion from the tournament“, indicated the organizers in a statement also signed by those responsible for the other three Grand Slam tournaments.
The Japanese may also receive higher fines and see its participation in the other big ones banned, they added. Osaka spoke from the court after overcoming the first round of Roland Garros by beating Romanian Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6 (4), but later, as she had warned, she did not go to the press conference.
The player believes that facing the press damages her mental health and chose not to do so. Roland Garros indicated that it had alerted the player of the consequences of maintaining that attitude in a sport that has regulated the obligation for tennis players to attend to the media, while offering her help.